NEC Ramps Up Automation Ecosystem For 5G xHaul Transformation Services

February 25, 2022

NEC has launched an Automation Ecosystem to bolster its 5G xHaul Transformation Services, bringing communication service providers (CSPs) simplified operations, cost effectiveness and faster time-to-value for their multi-vendor based networks. The 5G xHaul Transformation Solutions and Services are part of NEC Open Networks, a suite of solutions for realizing the real-world benefits of truly open 5G networks.

For CSPs aspiring to build momentum in the 5G era, there is an imminent demand to gain network flexibility and agility to accommodate diversified user requirements. Automation technologies will play a pivotal role in enabling efficient and reliable operations over increasingly complex transport networks.

Mayuko Tatewaki, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation explained, "As the Network Integrator, we are excited to pursue innovation with our partners and bring transformation that reduces customersí operational load. NEC believes our vast experience in CSP networking and critical system integration capabilities enables us to provide invaluable advancements to our customers in the 5G era."

Thomas Desrues, Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Global Systems Integrators, Juniper Networks added, "User expectations of service experience must be exceeded for service providers to be successful. Closed-loop, intent-based automation delivers differentiated services, simplified operations, optimized capacity and increased resiliency to improve customer experience. Extensible, interoperable automation solutions with open, standard APIs are critical, helping to enable a service-assured, experience-first network. NECís ecosystem initiative will support service providersí automation journey and Juniper is happy to be an active participant."

However, incorporating automation for a multi-vendor network environment will require new capabilities, such as holistically redesigning the network architecture and its processes by breaking the silos of traditional network domains and operationalizing them with software engineering skillsets.

To address these challenges, NEC offers turn-key automation services as a part of 5G xHaul Transformation Services powered by an open ecosystem of industry leading network and software suppliers, initially including Accedian, Juniper Networks and UBiqube. Combining the network and software engineering capabilities built at the NEC 5G Transport Network Center of Excellence (CoE) with the expertise of these strategic partners, the ecosystem is aimed for providing robust automation solutions for the full lifecycle of 5G xHaul operations, including network provisioning, traffic engineering and closed-loop automation.

Richard Piasentin, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Accedian said, "Real-time tailoring of 5G performance parameters for ultra-low-latency applications and services is imperative for CSPs to monetize 5G. With NECís expertise, CSPs dependent on disaggregated architectures can modernize utilizing Accedianís precision microsecond service assurance across complex ecosystems. Deploying Accedianís cloud-native agents assures the delivery of services and applications across distributed networks with real-time visibility to achieve operational consistency, integrated lifecycle management, and automated assurance for user experience-based closed-loop automation."

Nabil Souli, CEO of UBiqube noted, "Automation is a crucial aspect of success for CSPs amid the 5G boom. NEC has been at the forefront of this practice, leveraging UBiqube's MSActivator to deliver even greater IT agility in all layers of the infrastructure fabric, from transport to cloud. We are honored to join NEC's Automation Ecosystem initiative and look forward to driving the next generation of innovation and simplification in infrastructure automation."

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